About Ile de pain

île de païn - Island of Bread is something of an oasis, even amoungst the plethora of good eateries in Knysna. When Liezie Mulder and Markus Farbinger together with a small, young team opened the doors of île de païn in 2002, it was as though they tapped into something so treasured by the collective consciousness, that the appeal was indeed universal.

They built a wood fired oven and baked large, dark loaves of Companio bread for the nearby farmers market. Soon after, Liezie put a small menu together to complement the bread. Today the bread “complements” Liezie’s food breakfast and lunch take centre stage at île de païn. She draws from her love of local ingredients and utilizes her international experience and training to create menu‘s that are thoughtful, simple and unique for everyday enjoyment.

The wine list changes as often as the menu and receives equal attention and care. The desserts on display are for the finale or to take home for a postponed indulgence. On your way out you remember to take along a loaf (locals reserve one or two before sitting down) and some of the specialties as a gift to yourself or those near to your heart. Their annual gastronomic trips around the globe will ensure that île de païn will keep on going for years to come.

Need to know? Tuesday till Saturday: 8am to 3pm; Breakfast 8am to 11am; Lunch 11:30am to 3pm; Sunday: 9am to 13:30 breakfast and lunch menu all day. Closed on Mondays.

+27(0) 44 302 570
Cuisine Other:
European, French
Breakfast, Lunch
Relaxed, Trendy
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Reviews for Ile de pain

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Amelia van der Merwe
19 February 2015

As always, fantastic. The menu is creative and the bread divine.

Rinske Staal
06 April 2014

Best breakfast in Knysna!

Neville And Liz Louw
30 December 2010

As locals we have eaten here since the day Ile de Pain opened and it is the only bread we buy. Delicious, wholesome food and the best expresso in the village. It can get very busy over week ends so be sure to get there early. Never had a less than perfect meal here over the last 8 years.

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Ile de pain is 1.5km from the centre of Knysna , the nearest airport 74.3km (George Airport).
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